Housing and homelessness - JSNA

Homeless person sleeps on a street with their dog

The relationship between poor housing and ill health is a complicated one which involves many different factors. Evidence suggests that living in poor housing can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular and respiratory disease as well as to anxiety and depression. Problems such as damp, mould, excess cold and structural defects which increase the risk of an accident also present hazards to health. (Chartered Institute of Environmental Health).

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